May 23

Di Grassi flies to Tempelhof win

Berlin ePrix race report

Audi Sport ABT driver increases points lead with second winIt’s been a long time coming, but Lucas di Grassi’s second Formula E win was delivered in consummate style.

In contrast to his Beijing ePrix win where he led for just the final few hundred metres, in the DHL Berlin ePrix it took him just a few hundred metres to take a lead that – pitstop period aside – he dominated from the front.

Di Grassi took full advantage of a mistake by poleman Jarno Trulli to slide his Audi Sport ABT entry into the lead through Turn 3 of the opening lap. By the end of that tour his lead by almost two seconds, by the end of lap two it was 4.5s!

The complete article here on fiaformulae.com

source: fiaformulae.com


Trulli Formula E Berlin ePrix Post Race

After an amazing qualifying session seeing Jarno Trulli in pole position, his race was already over in lap one. Despite running on the same set up as team mate, Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi, Trulli’s consumption went through the roof straight away, and the race was over.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, P11
“It was nice to finally score a point. However, it was really a shame as we deserved so much more. We had good pace and the team had done a really good job with the set-up. So it was a shame as we should have been in a better position both in quali and in the race, we could easily have run P5 or P6. But we screwed up the pitstop as the car again wouldn’t engage and then when I finally got out, the wrong map was on the car so this cost extra too and I dropped five positions.

The team has worked really hard all week and I’m very grateful to them. It’s been really nice to race here in Berlin with the amazing crowd here. Now we need to work harder to optimise the results as we’re giving away way too many points.”

Jarno Trulli, P20
“I had a very bad race today. The consumption was sky high already from lap one and I quickly understood that there was little we could do and that the race was be over. What we don’t understand is why my car was consuming so much, when I had exactly the same set-up as Tonio, so clearly there must be something wrong in the car. Despite trying to save more, there was nothing to do but lift off and let everyone pass. So that was it really, race over already after a couple of laps.

The team has worked so hard this weekend and they really deserved a good finish, so I want to thank them, the fans of Berlin, and of course our partner Jihua for their invaluable support. ”

Lucio Cavuto, Team Principal”
“Trying to understand this powertrain is a waste of time. We don’t understand how two cars with exactly the same set-ups can consume so differently. Jarno’s car was miles away from Tonio’s car in terms of energy consumption, on exactly the same set-up.

This completely ruined Jarno’s quali effort as we had to ask him to save energy already from the first lap, as we quickly realised that we wouldn’t have been able to finish the race otherwise. Thus, we’d like to apologise to Jarno for this, as it made him look stupid when this was not the case at all.

It’s a big shame for Tonio again as for the second time, his second car wouldn’t engage into first gear. This cost him not only five seconds, but also five positions. It is indeed a real shame as Tonio’s racing today was just brilliant and he kept the same race pace as the leaders.

Nevertheless, even if the race was a disaster – we did a step forward on speed and Jarno’s pole showed that. We were the best in qualifying and we can’t wait to have our Motomatica powertrain on board. Thank god it’s only three more races to go.

Besides the race, we’d like to thank the city of Berlin for having us, the turnout was incredible and the full grandstands make it an amazing atmosphere to race. Not to be forgotten are our mechanics and engineers whom together with the rest of the team has worked so hard this week, so a big thank you to all of you. We’d also like to thank our partner Jihua, whose support through this season has been incredible, thank you.”

source: Trulli Formula E, trulliformulae.com


Virgin Racing Complete First Ever German ePrix

Virgin Racing drivers Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari finished in ninth and thirteenth place respectively at the first ever Berlin ePrix

A historic 1920s airport in the centre of Berlin proved an electric circuit for the eighth FIA Formula E race in the inaugral season of the championship.

After a strong morning finishing in the top four of both free practice sessions, the expectations of Jaime Alguersuari to qualify on the front row were hindered by a technical difficulty that saw him place fourteenth on the grid, a single position ahead of his Virgin Racing teammate Sam Bird, who unfortunately spun on the first corner of his second lap in qualifying.

A brilliant start to the race from Bird saw him gain three places in as many laps and the Brit ensured he made no mistakes whilst pushing hard for several quick overtakes in succession. After the car changeover, which both drivers executed perfectly in a time of 1:05:00, Bird returned to the track in 10th place with his teammate four places behind. Jean-Eric Vergne was put under pressure by Bird early in the second half of the race and the two drivers made contact in the fight for ninth as the Virgin Racing driver went for an inside overtake.

When Da Costa was penalised for speeding in the pit lane with a drive-through penalty, Sam Bird moved into ninth place and stayed there for the remainder of the race. Alguersuari was unable to capitalise on Da Costa’s misfortune as the Amlin driver returned to the track just ahead of him leaving the Virgin Racing driver to finish the race in thirteenth position.

The next ePrix takes place on the 6th June 2015 when the series moves on to Moscow for the ninth round of the FIA Formula E championship.

Sam Bird, Virgin Racing driver (ninth position) said, “The fans here in Germany are crazy about motorsport and it was great to meet so many of them at the Berlin ePrix. From a race perspective, we had good pace throughout and I really enjoyed battling hard with Jean-Eric Vergne. I hope that our fight for ninth was enjoyable for the fans because I certainly enjoyed it. There’s a couple of tweaks to make on the car but I’m really looking forward to getting back in the driving seat in Moscow and bettering my performance here.”

Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing driver (thirteenth position), said, “The Berlin ePrix track was nothing like we have ever experienced before in Formula E and it was so much fun to drive. Unfortunately we were unable to make the most of a fun track and get our first podium, but as always we are learning so much about this Formula E car and so we have to absorb as much information as possible and improve at the next race. We only have three races left now in the championship and of course, I want to finish on a high. We have a competitive car, so I am looking forward to Moscow where we can put today’s race result behind us.”

Alex Tai, Virgin Racing Team Principal, said, “Firstly, what an incredible event that Formula E have put on in iconic race location. It is brilliant to be able to bring the modern technology of Formula E to such a historic venue and the German fans displayed their passion for this series from the very start of the day. As an ambitious and competitive team, we are always disappointed when we are not on the podium but we learnt a lot from this race and expect to take that into Moscow and ultimately our home race finale in London.”

source: virginracing.com


e.dams-Renault hangs on in there!

Sébastien Buemi’s third place clinched after a no-holds-barred battle on the Tempelhof circuit has helped the French team to retain its lead in the teams’ championship. Overall, it’s not a bad result after a Saturday on which the e.dams-Renault team had to spend more time defending than attacking! – especially Nicolas Prost who had to cope with a loss of energy – to hold off the German offensive of Audi Abt, which resulted in Lucas di Grassi’s victory.

The drivers’ encouraging performances in free practice boded well for a good day. But the team’s hopes were already dampened in qualifying with Buemi third and Prost seventh on the grid. The tendency was confirmed in the race. The e-dams-Renault Swiss driver was unable to match the pace of di Grassi, and despite putting up tough resistance he couldn’t prevent D’Ambrosio from snatching second. He saw the flag in third place (helped by the fan boost so a big thanks to our fans!), and he is still in this position in the drivers’ ratings, 20 points behind the leader. Prost had a race from hell as he had continual problems with his energy supply. Despite his best efforts he came home 11th just outside the points. With two rounds and three races to go till the end of the season, e-dams-Renault still holds a solid lead in the teams’ championship. However, as it is up against rivals who are continually improving their cars, the team’s aim is to up its game starting at the next round in Moscow.

Alain Prost – Jean-Paul Driot (joint-owners): “We just heard about the disqualification of Lucas Di Grassi, we won’t make any comment but just aknowledge the decision of the FIA. Even if this decision help us we know that we didn’t perform very well this weekend and we need to improve our performences for the next races.

Sébastien Buemi: “My third place isn’t a bad result, as I had a fairly good race. I was able to pass Trulli with the help of the fan boost and I’d like to thank all those who voted for me; it really helped me score a top-three finish. However, this atypical track led to a lot of tyre degradation and it’s obvious that we didn’t have the best set up chassis for the race. We’ll have to have a look at that in view of the next round in Russia. It’s a pity to have lost ten points to di Grassi and Audi Abt but we’re still well placed and we’ll continue to fight our corner.”

Nicolas Prost: “I’m pretty disappointed. It’s been my worst weekend of the season. It was all looking good after free practice, but during the race I found myself in great difficulty, in dire straits, in fact. I can’t yet explain what happened but what’s sure is that we have a lot of work to do to bounce back in Moscow.”   ”

Berlin summary

Qualifying. Buemi P3, Prost P7

Race. Buemi P2, Prost P10.

Next round: Moscow (Russia), 6th June.

source: Edams Renault, edamsrenault.com


Nelson Piquet takes FIA Formula E lead in Berlin

His fourth place driving one of the China Racing cars in Germany, setting the fastest lap as well, and di Grassi exclusion were enough for topping the drivers´ championship in the series. Pic came 15th


Nelson Piquet Jr. has taken the lead of the FIA Formula E with only two rounds and three races remaining, one in Moscow and double-header in London. China Racing driver, whose cars are run by the team founded by Adrián Campos, has taken the most out in the race, in spite of he qualified 13th on the starting grid, clocking a lap time of 1:22.310. Brazil´s Piquet – who, as a curious fact, was born in Hidelberg (Germany) – completed a faultless race to finish 4th. Besides, he set the fastest lap of 1:24.435 at the end. Pit strategy played an important role again, and either Piquet or his teammate Charles Pic pitted one lap later than their rivals.

His fellow countryman Lucas di Grassi, his strongest rival in the fight for the title in the FIA Formula E, won the race but he was excluded from Berlin ePrix later as his car failed post-race scrutineering. The stewards found that six of the eight holes in the front win had been sealed.

After the race Piquet declared that “regardless of what happened to di Grassi after the race, we worked really hard and fought all the way to the front from 13th on the grid. The final result obviously helps us in the championship but we were already very competitive and it hasn’t happened by accident that we are leading the championship. I am really proud of the team, we never give up and in Moscow we’re going to be even stronger.”


Pic, with another China Racing car, ended up 15th.

Now the FIA Formula E heads to Russia, with the next round on June 6th.

source: camposracing.com